His last outing of the season was true to form. Hamels pitched well for six innings, scattering a few hits and allowing just two runs and to show their appreciation, the Phillies' hitters gave him as little as possible in support.
Cole Hamels in 2013: 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA with 202 strikeouts in 220 innings. It was a good season that could have been much better for Hamels.
Obviously, the win-loss record wasn't what Hamels wanted it to be. Yes, major league baseball players are aware that advanced metrics exist and they understand that some of their "important" numbers come from the work of others.
But boy do baseball players love those wins and RBIs.
In that regard, the 8-14 record stands out for Hamels. For most of the season he led the National League in losses and the 14 defeats are the most for a Phillies' pitcher since Curt Schilling went 15-14 in 1998. Schilling struck out 300 hitters for a second straight season in '98, posted a 3.25 ERA and threw 268 innings. That Phillies team went 75-87 and Schilling was the only pitcher on the staff with at least nine starts and an ERA lower than 4.44.
Yes, halycon days.
Using WAR as the indicator, Hamels' 2013 is the third-best 14-loss season since he came into the league in 2005, behind Jeremy Guthrie in 2010 and Matt Cain in 2007 and 2008. No, Hamels wasn't like Nolan Ryan in 1987 when he led the league in ERA, strikeouts and losses, but the lefty was pretty good.
Get this: If Cliff Lee pitches six innings in his last start, the Phillies will have two pitchers with at least 220 innings pitched. Since 1984 the Phillies have had two pitchers get 220-plus in 1992, 2011 and (probably) 2013 and a losing record in two of those seasons.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are one of just four teams in the big leagues to have a pair get 200-plus innings with a losing record. They are the only team with two pitchers racking up 214-plus innings and still couldn't get to .500.